The Curse of La Fontaine by M. L. Longworth
A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery

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Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail—great wine, delicious meals, and fine company.
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In the latest captivating installment of M. L. Longworth’s acclaimed Verlaque & Bonnet Provençal Mystery series, the newlywed investigators contend with their most sinister challenge yet: a centuries-old curse

Chef Sigisbert “Bear” Valets has just opened his own restaurant, La Fontaine, in Aix-en-Provence. It’s an immediate success—glowing reviews and a loyal clientele, including our favorite investigative duo, Verlaque and Bonnet. But when he decides to extend his restaurant’s seating into a historic courtyard, some very powerful neighbors are against him. The local historical society wants the courtyard, which witnessed a seventeenth-century hanging and two World War II-era murders, to remain untouched.

Valets charges on, even after a skeleton is found buried next to the courtyard’s ancient fountain. But when Valets begins receiving threatening letters, he becomes convinced that his life is in danger. And then the fountain inexplicably stops running. By disturbing the garden, has Bear triggered an age-old curse? And can newlyweds Verlaque and Bonnet solve the mystery before someone else ends up dead? Set against the blossoming backdrop of the south of France, M. L. Longworth’s latest is sure to thrill fans of Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri.

“Beguiling . . . Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail—great wine, delicious meals, and fine company.” —Publishers Weekly
 

About M. L. Longworth

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M. L. LONGWORTH has lived in Aix-en-Provence since 1997. She divides her time between Aix and Paris, where she teaches writing at New York University's Paris campus.
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Penguin Books. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 21 2017

Longworth confirms her long-standing lovebirds as Aix’s Nick and Nora; their pursuit of miscreants never interferes with their enjoyment of the good life.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 10 2017

Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail—great wine, delicious meals, and fine company.

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